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Johnny Carr on playing ‘everybody else’ in ‘The Events’

Johnny Carr takes on a challenging role in Black Swan Theatre Company’s production of David Greig’s play The Events. Appearing opposite Catherine McClements he plays everybody else in the play about an unfathomable tragedy.  From lesbian girlfriends, to grief counselors, confused parents and the plays nemesis – a young man at the centre of a horrific […]

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Assassins & The Events: Black Swan shine a light on gun control

In his musical Assassins Stephen Sondheim traverses US history visiting each assassination attempt on an American President. From the well known, including the deaths of John F Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln, to attacks on the lives of Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, James Garfield and William McKinley. It’s a musical journey highlighting that being leader of […]

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Review | Let The Right One In ain’t your tween’s vampire romance

Review | Let The Right One In ain’t your tween’s vampire romance

Let The Right One In | State Theatre Centre | Until Dec 3 | ★ ★ ★ ★ If a modern vampire romance were to be anywhere, I’m glad it was the Western Australian State Theatre. In the gold of the entranceway it seemed only natural to be greeted by makeup artists offering bite marks and undead […]

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Switzerland: Jenny Davis on the extraordinary life of Patricia Highsmith

Black Swan State Theatre Company’s latest production peeks through a window into the life of revered author Patricia Highsmith. The notoriously cynical and isolated writer is perhaps best known for her works that were later translated into successful films such as Strangers On A Train, The Talented Mr Ripley and The Price of Salt which hit […]

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REVIEW | Find your thing in Coma Land

REVIEW | Find your thing in Coma Land

Coma Land | State Theatre Centre | Until Sunday August 6th | ★ ★ ★ ½ Enter the snowy plains of Coma Land, a world where our consciousness lives when our bodies are without it. Black Swan State Theatre Company’s latest production with local playwright Will O’Mahoney takes audiences to a magical realm between life and death, […]

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Review | BSSTC ponder life, death and the stepladder in Endgame

Endgame | State Theatre Centre Until June 11th |  ★ ★ ★ ★  Anyone familiar with the Theatre of the Absurd knows exactly what to expect from the genre’s foremost creator Samuel Beckett. To tell my companion that the performance would indeed be ‘absurd’ was obviously insufficient as he asked if we had watched a feature-length advertisement for stepladders […]

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Basic Brecht: A Caucasian Chalk Circle Primer

Basic Brecht: A Caucasian Chalk Circle Primer

Black Swan State Theatre Company are bringing the epic theatre classic ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’ to the State Theatre Centre. Devotees will be familiar with the revolutionary works of its author, Bertolt Brecht, while casual theatre-goers will probably have heard his name – so who exactly was Brecht and what is ‘epic theatre’? Let’s break it […]

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REVIEW: Angels In America

Angels In America | Black Swan State Theatre Company | State Theatre Centre | Until 19th June | ★ ★ ★ ★ Known as one of the most quintessential stories of the AIDS crisis that ravaged the LGBT community in the 1980’s, Tony Kushner’s ‘Angels In America’ is an artful summary of the boiling cauldron of […]

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REVIEW: Loaded: a double hit of drama from Black Swan

REVIEW: Loaded: a double hit of drama from Black Swan

Loaded: A Double Bill of New Plays Black Swan State Theatre Company | Studio Underground | Until Feb 7th Girl Shut Your Mouth  ★ ★ ★ Tonsils + Tweezers  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Black Swan State Theatre Company begin the year with two fresh new plays developed by their emerging writers program. Gita Bezard’s ‘Girl […]

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Locked and Loaded – Black Swan Theatre’s double bill

Locked and Loaded – Black Swan Theatre’s double bill

Black Swan State Theatre Company begins 2016 with ‘Loaded’ a double-bill of fresh new works. Writer, actor, director Will O’Mahony’s recent theatrical output has been highly lauded, his 2014 production ‘Great White’ was declared one of the best plays of the year, and last year the show toured the state’s south west. He also delivered […]

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